UPDATE! (Dated June 16, 2017)
Thank you all for your advocacy to help stop subsidization for incineration in California!
In the spring, you helped defeat AB 655 by keeping the bill from moving out of committee. AB 655 would have given climate subsidies to the state’s three waste burning incinerators. And just last week we learned of attempts to include incinerator subsidies in the state budget, and after your advocacy the current version does not include these subsidies. Your calls matter!
We know though that the industry is going to be trying everything they can to sneak the subsidies in, and we must stay vigilant! So keep calling, and stay tuned. Thanks for all that you do!
April 2017: California Assembly Bill 655 (AB 655) did not pass the Assembly Natural Resource Committee during its final hearing on April 24, 2017. The bill would have allowed the state’s waste incinerators to qualify as renewable energy, giving these polluting facilities a financial bailout. The state RPS will not work if it includes facilities that create pollution.
A broad section of concerned organizations opposed AB 655, from communities on the front lines of California’s incinerators like East Yard Communities for Environmental Justice, faith organizations, environmental justice organizations, zero waste advocates, environmental organizations, waste management professionals associations, and many more.
Organizations Opposed to AB 655:
American Veterans (AMVETS)
Apostolic Faith Center
Asamblea de Gonzales
Asian Pacific Environmental Network
Association of Irritated Residents
Breathe Easy Susquehanna County
California Communities Against Toxics
California Environmental Justice Coalition
California Food & Justice Coalition
California Kids IAQ
California League of Conservation Voters
California Organic Recycling Council
California Resource Recovery Association
California Safe Schools Coalition
Californians Against Waste
Center for Biological Diversity
Center for Environmental Health
Central California Asthma Collaborative
Central California Environmental Justice Network
Central Valley Air Quality Coalition
Clean Power Campaign
Clean Water Action
Coalition for a Safe Environment
Coalition for Clean Air
Comite Civico del Valle
Community Alliance for Agroecology
Del Amo Action Committee
Desert Protection Society
EndOil/Communities for Clean Ports
Environmental Justice Coalition for Water
East Yard Communities for Environmental Justice
Friends of the Earth
Global Alliance for Incinerator Alternatives (GAIA)
Grayson Neighborhood Council
Green Education Inc.
Greenaction for Health and Environmental Justice
Institute for Local Self-Reliance
IVAN Statewide Network
La Union Hace La Fuerza
Long Beach Alliance for Children with Asthma
Los Angeles Environmental Justice Network
NAACP – San Pedro – Wilmington Branch #1069
Northern California Recycling Association
Physicians for Social Responsibility – Los Angeles
Plastic Pollution Coalition
San Pedro & Peninsula Homeowners Coalition
Seventh Generation Advisors
Society for Positive Action
Sound Resource Management
St. Philomena Social Justice Ministry
The Story of Stuff Project
Wilmington Improvement Network
This type of approach receives strong opposition in California, the United States, and other countries:
- In 2016, many additional organizations wrote California’s Governor Brown to call for an end to incinerator subsidies.
- In 2016, Destiny Watford of Free Your Voice / United Workers in Baltimore, Maryland won the Goldman Environmental Prize for stopping an incinerator that was propped up by the same renewable energy policies as AB 655.
- In 2014, nine Goldman Environmental Prize recipients sent a letter to California’s Governor Brown opposing incineration in the state.
- Internationally, dozens of grassroots and other organizations from around the world signed a statement opposing renewable energy subsidies for burning waste and plastics.